Indie Diversity Training Schemes (IDTS)
The scheme has honestly changed my life. Being able to learn and earn is such a rarity, especially in the TV industry.”
- Alex Garlitos, 2015 Trainee with Hat Trick Productions
Pact firmly believes that diversity in the film and TV industries matters, and that as a sector we should be encouraging and supporting new entrants who reflect the full diversity of the UK today.
The Indie Diversity Training Scheme is a unique opportunity aimed specifically at entry-level diverse talent (both graduates and non-graduates). Trainees undertake a six-month placement with an independent production company, allowing them to develop their talents in a thriving business environment. In addition, each participant is partnered with a senior level mentor from within their company, and receives bespoke training from the Indie Training Fund in areas such as copyright, storytelling and camera operating.
The Scheme is supported by some of the top independent production companies in the business, whose output includes shows such as Have I Got News For You, Humans, One Born Every Minute, Britain’s Got Talent, Shop Well for Less and First Dates. Indies that have participating in the scheme include: All3 Media, Endemol Shine Group, Fremantle Media, Hat Trick Productions, Keo Films, RDF Television and Warner Brothers (Ricochet and Wall to Wall) .Participating Indies in Scotland are: IWC Media, Lion Television, Raise The Roof Productions, STV Productions, Mentorn Media and Tern TV
"The Indie Diversity Scheme is making a real impact in terms of discovering new entrants from a broad spectrum of backgrounds… Working in partnership with other Indies, and with the support of Pact, we have together created a solid platform which will enable us to continue to attract and nurture diverse talent to the range of career opportunities in our industry.” -
Clare Welch, Group Head of Resourcing at All3media
Please note the application deadline for the 2017 scheme has now passed. Please follow the link to find a comprehensive list of schemes for diverse talent to take part in.
To apply for the IDTS Scheme, you will need to complete an application form where you will be able to demonstrate your understanding of the TV industry, explain why you want a career in the independent production sector and why you are an ideal candidate.
If you are an independent production company and are interested in being involved in the scheme 2018, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Working at Shine Group, I was made to feel like a part of the team and was given full access to the Executives who have inspired me, taught me and provided invaluable networking opportunities."
- Dean Webster, 2013 Trainee with Shine Group
“The Pact Indie Diversity Scheme is a scheme where some of the most successful and creative Production companies collaboratively share best practice and offer a platform of bespoke training both on and off the job. Endemol Shine is proud to be able to participate and drive diversity and inclusion with its other indie partners and Pact.”
Bella Lambourne - HR and Operations Director, Endemol Shine UK